April 14, 2011

Young Artist Competition Winner, Arthur Shou, keeps on winning!

The Muncie Symphony Orchestra plays an important role in offering young musicians competition and performance opportunities.  Arthur Shou is one of many talented pianist who competed in the 2010 Young Artist Competition. He won the Senior Division. Arthur has been recognized in Indiana and beyond as an aspiring, up and coming musician.  You may remember Arthur Shou's wonderful performance at this season's Fisher Shaffer Concert. Arthur won the piano division of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition this January.  
Arthur Shou

Saturday, the 16th of April, Arthur is performing Schumann’s  Piano Concerto with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra.  For TICKETS call 800.738.3727:   $40 Level 1, $34 Level 2, $20 Level 3, $15 Students

We are very fortunate to have a part in his early career and blessed to know Arthur and his family. Arthur is the older brother of Oliver Shou who won this MSO's Junior Division Young Artist Competition in January. You will find Oliver's bio in a previous post. Oliver is performing on the program for the MSO Young Peoples Concert April 19th. More on the YPC here.

Arthur Shou is 17 and a junior at Carmel High School in Indiana.  He started piano at the age of six with Dr. Keli Xu.  In 2007, he joined the Indiana University Young Pianists Program as a student of Dr. Karen Taylor of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. In addition to his passion for the piano, he also studies cello with Mr. Ron Noles and is the principal cellist in the Carmel High School Symphony Orchestra

His gifts have earned him numerous awards and performances, including the recent performance with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra.  In recent years, he has won the 3rd place in 2009 Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Maurer Young Artists Concerto Competition and 1st place in 2010 Carmel Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and 2010 Muncie Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.  In the past, he participated and won numerous competitions, including 1st prizes in the Young Hoosier Pianist Competition (junior division) in 2005 and the 2nd in 2006 (senior division), 1st place in Music Teacher National Association State Round (junior division) in 2005, and Indiana Music Teacher Association in 2001 (Early Elementary, District), 2003 (Elementary, District, and State), 2005 (Middle School, District and State), and 2006 (High School Junior, District and State), and was a finalist in Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Maurer Young Artists Competition in 2004. He has attended the IU Summer Piano Academy four times, where he was selected to perform in master classes for Prof. Karen Shaw, Jonathan Bliss, and Andre Watts. Other highlights include performances at Ball State University, Goshen College, Anderson University, and the Indiana Historical Society.  

Break a leg Arthur!

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